The Arizona League is a minor league baseball league that operates in and around Phoenix, Arizona. It is a rookie-level professional baseball league run by Major League Baseball since 1989. Games are played at the minor-league complexes of the team's parent organizations from mid-June until the end of August. Night games are commonly played in the spring training stadium, but this is not always the case.
No official attendance records are kept as there is no paid admittance fee, but few spectators show up for games. The league is designed to be played in front of small crowds, often in temperatures above 100°F, but this does not affect either quality or competition. Teams primarily consist of players from the Dominican Republic and drafted high school and college players. The league is also where major league players often go for their first rehab assignments.
A one-game playoff featuring the winners from the first half of the season (day games, starting in the morning to avoid the afternoon heat) and the second half of the season (night games) occurs the last day of August, unless the same team wins both halves. This happened most recently in 2005, when the Scottsdale Giants won both halves of the season and therefore the pennant.
The Arizona League Mariners won the first half of the 2007 season and will play in the championship game if they do not win the second half.
|Arizona League Cubs||Chicago Cubs||Mesa, Arizona||Fitch Park||—|
|Arizona League Mariners||Seattle Mariners||Peoria, Arizona||Peoria Sports Complex||12,882|
|Arizona League Padres||San Diego Padres||Peoria, Arizona||Peoria Sports Complex||12,882|
|Arizona League Athletics||Oakland Athletics||Phoenix, Arizona||Papago Park Sports Facility||—|
|Arizona League Brewers||Milwaukee Brewers||Phoenix, Arizona||Maryvale Baseball Park||8,000|
|Arizona League Giants||San Francisco Giants||Scottsdale, Arizona||Scottsdale Stadium||5,000|
|Arizona League Rangers||Texas Rangers||Surprise, Arizona||Surprise Stadium||10,500|
|Arizona League Royals||Kansas City Royals||Surprise, Arizona||Surprise Stadium||10,500|
|Arizona League Angels||Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim||Tempe, Arizona||Tempe Diablo Stadium||9,785|